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minutes. >>> less than a week he was elected by fellow card nalgs, hundreds of thousands poored into the square for naug ralg mass for pope francis. hundreds of thousands traveled to the vatican to be part of today's historic service including joe biden. it was his connection with the crowd that seemed to be so powerful and joining us from valt vatican is jay gray. he joins us live. jay? >> reporter: good evening, janel janelle. it was a mass draped in the traditions of the catholic faith, but since he's done since his election, he managed to weave his own special traditions into the celebration here. it was that connection with the crowd that made the biggest kifr difference it seemed. he rode into st. peter's square and then got out of the vehicle and actually mixed with those who had gathered hundreds of thousands from around the world shaking hands, kissing some of the faithful, stopg for a very special blessing. during his homily, he discussed what has been at the core of his papacy over the last few days, and that is taking care of the pour, those among us he says are need
. >> reports are that there's an excitement about this. >> reporter: excitement building since the election as a result of his personal style. francis enjoys reaching out to faithful and vatican anticipates that it will be the case on tuesday as well. >> clearly a solemn day. with everything the pope has done so far, we see he has a people's touch at the same time. i expect we'll see that tomorrow as well. >> reporter: a touch that has come to define the early days of his papacy. the vatican announced today that pope francis will tour st. peter's square before the mass riding in either the bulletproof pope mobile or an open air jeep. in rome, i'm jay gray, nbc bay area news. >> exciting. >> the world will be watching. back in a moment. >>> coming up on our 6:00 newscast, the bay area was rated among the worst places to retire in terms of affordability. we put that to the test. >> we'll see you back here at 6:00. >>> on our broadcast this monday night, plan of attack on a big college campus in florida. a student armed with homemade bo bombs and an assault weapon in his dorm. tonight just how
to israel since being elected in 2008. steve handelsman, the leaders called each other by their first names which observers say it was a good sign. >> reporter: looked like a love fest, janelle. that seems to suit both leaders. you could hardly tell that the president and the prime minister had a falling out over iran. they praised one another and seemed to agree at least in public about the military option. president obama reassured israelis terrified of iran getting nuclear weapons that if diplomacy fails, using force is possible. >> all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: benjamin netanyahu sounded pleased. >> that sums up our common view. >> reporter: no more questioning obama resolve. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclears. >> reporter: the president had gotten a warm welcome. netanyahu under pressure to end their public sparring. >> israelis don't like the fact that the prime minister of israel doesn't have a close relationship with the pr
-sex marriage. more than 130 elected officials have filed briefs in support of overturn prop 8. last week conservative ohio republican senator rob portman became the first senator on his side of the aisle to go on record supporting same-sex marriage. on the other hand, prop 8 supporters like the national organization for marriage say it's that public opinion shift that proves it should not be handled in court. over the phone, john eastman told nbc bay area, quote, we should leave prop 8 and doma in place and leave this to the political process. if people change their minds, we can implement through that mechanism. still, they're confident that both history and the law will be on their side. telling us today they feel a ruling is not only critical for same-sex couples looking for equal rights, but also for the next generation. >> they don't have to worry about being second-class citizens growing up. >>> also today, a group of influential doctors endorsed same-sex marriage. the american academy of pediatrics said it's in the best interests of children offering children long-term security, r
transition to democracy, as the country prepares for upcoming elections. >> we all want to see iraq succeed. such an enormous investment of our treasure, our people, and our money in this initiative. the world has an interest in seeing iraq take a leading role in the world as a functioning democracy. >> the talk also focused on iraq granting iran access to its air space. u.s. officials believe iranian jets are carrying weapons and fighters to support the syrian government. iran and iraq have claimed the flights are for humanitarian purposes. >>> the debate over same-sex marriage is headed for the supreme court this week, in not one but two cases. one of those cases is california's prop 8, of course. the other is based on whether the federal government can refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in states where they are legal. nbc bay area's brian mooar has this preview. >> reporter: people have been camping outside the supreme court for days to witness history, as the justices take on the first-ever cases, dealing with same-sex marriage. >> marriage equality! >> reporter: on tuesday, the cou
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